COVID-19 – New Restrictions for Victoria

From 11.59pm Wednesday 5 August 2020, the Victorian government introduced several Stage 4 restrictions in Melbourne, which will drastically affect the way many workplaces operate. This includes the introduction of the ‘Permitted Work Scheme’. Under the scheme, employers for Permitted Work Premises may operate with employees on-site if it is not reasonably practicable for the employee to work from home and the employer and employee comply with the Directions currently in force, including the Workplace Directions and the Permitted Worker Permit Scheme Directions. Employers and employees who breach the directions and requirements under the scheme may face fines of up to nearly $100,000 and $20,000 respectively.

For the rest of Victoria, including Mitchell Shire, Stage 3 restrictions apply from 11.59pm Wednesday 5 August 2020.

How can you check what restrictions apply to you?

We recommend that you check the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) website for the most up to date information about what restrictions apply to you.

Here are some useful links:

Still not sure?

If you have read through the Chief Medical Officer’s directions and the information on the DHHS’ website and you still have questions about how the restrictions apply to you, we recommend that you call the dedicated DHHS coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.

Alternatively, in the case of emergencies, please call Triple Zero (000). Effects on your employment If you are a full financial member of Professionals Australia and you believe your employer is pressuring you to breach the Stage 3 or Stage 4 restrictions, or if the restrictions are having an adverse effect on the terms or conditions of your employment, you can email our Workplace Advice Service at or call us on 1300 273 762 to seek advice and representation.